Tlaib calls Israel ‘racist’ for not offering COVID vaccines in Palestinian territories

January 20, 2021 by JNS
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) accused Israel of being “racist” for not distributing coronavirus vaccines to the Palestinian territories, despite the fact that the West Bank is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, and the Gaza Strip is run by the U.S.-designated terrorist organization Hamas.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) delivering a speech at the American Muslims for Palestine convention in Chicago on Nov. 30, 2019. Credit: American Muslims for Palestine

“I think it’s really important to understand Israel is a racist state and that they would deny Palestinians, like my grandmother, access to a vaccine, that they don’t believe that she’s an equal human being that deserves to live, deserves to be able to be protected by this global pandemic,” Tlaib told Democracy Now in an interview on Tuesday. “And it’s really hard to watch as this apartheid state continues to deny their own neighbours, the people that breathe the same air they breathe, that live in the same communities.”

Tlaib said that Israel “has no intention” of helping Palestinian Arabs overcome the coronavirus pandemic and that the United States is “enabling” them to do so.

“They have the power to distribute that vaccine to the Palestinian people, their own neighbours, again, feet away from where they live, many of which, again, could expose them and their family and it doesn’t,” she said. “If anything, it just reiterates what the Palestinian people and even human-rights groups have been telling us, is that this is an apartheid state.”

Since she was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Tlaib has spouted anti-Jewish rhetoric and supported the BDS movement against Israel. She was re-elected to office in the Nov. 3 elections.

Under the Oslo Accords, the P.A. is responsible for civilian affairs, including healthcare, in areas under their jurisdiction.



3 Responses to “Tlaib calls Israel ‘racist’ for not offering COVID vaccines in Palestinian territories”
  1. Liat Kirby says:

    Such a poisonous woman! Ignoring the facts and sticking to her own agenda, par for the course for so many of her ilk.

  2. Eion Isaac says:

    There is truth to this .
    How shortsighted not to give an extra 200,000 vaccines to the vulnerable there .
    You need to know 1,740 Palestinians have died so it’s time to roll it out even to 100,000 .
    But the Palestinian Leaders were not forceful in getting the vaccine they distrusted it .
    Iran forbade the vaccine saying it could be poisoned .

  3. Eion Isaac says:

    People are petrified by the vaccine and the Iranians have forbidden their people to have the vaccines fearing poisoning .
    Even the Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine which does not need freezing is forbidden as it is from the “ West “
    Israeli Arabs have been offered the vaccine and have taken it but also there is wariness .
    So many of the Israeli people have had the vaccine which has been a risk so much so the Prime Minister and The Health Minister had it first and on Television .
    Nevertheless there are many millions of the Oxford Vaccine which I does not need deep freezing and is not messenger RNA and the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria ought get this direct from the United Kingdom and EU – Israel can help with logistics .
    Not sure the Gazan State will accept but could have the Sputnik V which many say is effective but otherwise obtain the other vaccines .
    Remember because Gaza is under a strict regime of discipline they have had much less Covid and I believe it is the same for the Palestinian Authority Territory as also Jordan .

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